Monday, April 15, 2013

04-15-13 Jive

Good evening, it's April 15th, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends.Thanks for Tuning in I’m Tim Blanchard.
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in the community this week:

Here in Middleton on Monday nights J- Cherry presents The Anything Goes Open Mic at The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center on Main ST. sign-ups are at 7:30 . Tuesday evening The Laughter Yoga Club meets. Wednesday night the Buddhist film festival presents LIFE OF BUDDHA breaks new ground in revealing the fascinating story of Prince Siddhartha and his spiritual transformation into the Buddha, the great teacher who changed the entire world. Friday night The Buttonwood Presents The Acoustic Folk Trio, Another Road at 8pm. Saturday mornings starting at 7:30 The Buttonwood offers Chi-gung, Tai Chi, Yoga and personal empowerment workshops. Saturday night at the Buttonwood tree you can catch the CT-based sibling duo, The Light Hearts, for an evocative spin on folk music. More online at


Also happening tonight, here in Middletown, there’s an event for Video Game Design enthusiasts at the Russell Library. "Game Design Realities of Ready Player One," will be presented by Professor Ira Fay at the Russell Library at 7:00PM in the Hubbard Room. Ira is an assistant professor of game design and development at Quinnipiac University and the CEO of Fay Games, a Connecticut-based game development studio focused on making games for educational impact. Come hear from the perspective of a professional game designer!

Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 6:30 pm on Thursday night in Meeting Room 2.

Craig Elkin, a retired sergeant from the Middletown Police Department, will discuss his recently published book A Cop’s Tale: Amusing Short Stories Written at the Expense of Others on Thursday, at 7pm in the Hubbard Room.

The Russell Knitters will meet on Saturday from 11:00am-1pm in Meeting Room 3. You are invited to Bring your knitting projects and share ideas and expertise. No registration is required.

Amphion String Quartet, one of the most respected classical music ensembles in the country, will perform on Saturday, April 20 at 2pm in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library. More online at 

Wednesday afternoon at 4:15, you can catch Book Artists Take Action: Open House . This open house is located at Rare Book Reading Room, 1st floor east, a Olin Library, and offers an opportunity for all to view, handle, and read artists’ books related to the Davison Art Center's current gallery show, "Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today" For information call (860) 685-3864 or email  

Later on Wednesday at 8pm at Wesleyan’s Russell House on High St presents a talk with, Lydia Davis author, of The Collected Stories; a new translation of Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, and a chapbook entitled The Cows. This event is Free and open to the public and a reception and book signing will  follow the reading. For more information, please call 860.685.3448 or visit .

Tonight at Toads Place inNew Haven Rohn Lawrence and Friends present an evening of Smooth Jazz  in the Lily Pad. Tomorrow Loud Rockers Clutch headline a show with openers Orange Goblin, Lionize, and Scorpion King. Wednesday is Electronic Dance Music night, Thursday DOPAPOD headlines a show with opener DrFameus (who is Allen of The Disco Biscuits). Also onThursday night MANIC PRODUCTIONS presents ICEAGE…IN LILLY’S PAD alongside White Lung, Fins
and Blessed State. Saturday BIKERS AGAINST ANIMAL CRUELTY, INC presents WOOFSTOCK III featuring Slowpoke, Far From Here, SmackSeven, The Travis Moody Band, and Bounty Hunter and will be collecting Donations of pet food (canned & dry), blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, & other items to keep animals safe & healthy. Sunday at Toad’s Gorilla Music presents the New Haven Battle of the Bands.

Tonight at Café Nine in New Haven, you can catch The monthly FISTFUL OF JOKES COMEDY SERIES: hosted by the Morgan Brothers Andrew and Jerry!! Holy Ghost Tent Revival a 6 piece rock band from Greensboro, NC plays the Nine on Tuesday night. Wednesday night MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Quintron and Miss Pussycat; w/ The Simple Pleasure; Quintron has been making genre-defying noise and 'Swamp-Tech' dance music in New Orleans for over 15 years. Thursday’s - Jonathan Edwards and Frank Critelli gig has been CANCELLED. Friday night The Rationales; The Shellye Valauskas Experience; and the The Streams take the stage. Café nine’s weekly SATURDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ JAM will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends this week. Saturday night MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Acid Mothers Temple; w/ Tjutjuna; and Snake Oil for a night of serious freak out music!

This Week at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts: Senior Thesis gallery shows, music recitals, and stage productions abound. You can find out more at the CFA website. Additionally, Thursday, evening  at 8:00 PM The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra performs in Crowell Concert Hall. Friday, evening at 7:15 PM  there will be a Pre--concert talk with: Hugh Masekela before his sold out performance at 8pm. Saturday,  morning at 11:00 AM you can catch another talk: The Role of Artist as Activist: A Conversation with Hugh Masekela in Crowell Concert Hall.  Saturday at 1:00 PM brings The Big Draw: Middletown to the Wesleyan’s  Davison Art Center.  Saturday, evening at 08:00 PM The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Mixashawn's Ghostly Trio perform in Crowell Concert Hall.  More online at

 Thursday night at 8pm, THE MIDDLETOWN HOUSE CONCERT SERIES presents: Cillian Vallely and Ryan McGiver performing traditional Irish and American folk music at 145 Margarite Rd. Ext.  For reservations and directions, please call Jody Cormack 860-983-7963 or email

Now here’s a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Through Wednesday, Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of “Beyond The Hills”, a film inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran, that unfolds in and around a remote monastery. Also, "On The Road", based on the Kerouac novel of the same name, continues its run through Friday. If you want to know more, you can go to

Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford is showing  "Life of Pi" tonight and tomorrow.  Wednesday The
Thinking Through Film Series presents a one night screening of  THE BRAVE HEART GETS THE BRIDE. Thursday through Saturday Cinestudio presents ZERO DARK THIRTY.   more information at

And now here’s a run-down of what's on the air here at WESU, 88.1 FM in Middletown:
 Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for a well-rounded jazz show on Charles Henry’s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6pm.

Weekdays at 6 Free Speech Radio News From the Pacifica Network offers a daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.

At 6:30 Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog Moves through the blues Diaspora from front porch country blues and big city electric blues to jazz, R&B and soul.

At 8pm The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis offers the best in vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and latin dancefloor grooves.

The Attention Deficit Disk Jockey with Lee, is in the air chair from 9:30-11pm bringing you the music of yesterday's future, today.

At 11pm its A Hate Supreem with DJ AWOL for an hour of melodic, improvisational,  jazz coupled with the overtly technical, rigidly composed, and aggressively loud elements of Heavy metal.

At Midnight it’s Maelstrom of the Weird with Phil Void, Surveying punk in all its innovation and abrasion - be it first wave, hardcore, post-punk, or noise.

At 1am Local Color with Peter Helman features local music scenes from a different state episode. Tune in to experience the diverse sounds of the union, from Brooklyn art-rock to Chicago house to Louisianan swamp-pop.

From 2-3am Venture into the infinity of the unknown via a synthesis of science, spoken word, and a lot of popular music on The Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks.

From  3-4am 88 Keys with Mads hand-picks tracks for their captivating piano features, incorporating an eclectic mix of genres that demonstrate the versatility of one of the world's most time-honored instruments, including classical, singer-songwriter, alt rock, easy listening, and electronic.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at

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